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Applications for Young Authors Collective are open for 2022-2023 school year from November 7 - January 4

The Young Authors Collective (YAC) is a group of Denver-area high school writers who meet IN PERSON to engage in a literary community and write. Weekly meetings are held Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in-person at Lighthouse Writer’s temporary location at 3833 Steele Street, Suite 1438. The first meeting for Winter/Spring 2023 is Wednesday, January 11, 2023.


  • Jan 11, 18, 25
  • Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • April 5, 12, 19, 26
  • May 3, 10, 17, 24

Here is our COVID-19 policy. We’ll follow all state and federal regulations regarding COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, so this policy may evolve as local and state guidelines change.

YAC members must attend all meetings and respond to emails and/or text messages from the instructor and Lighthouse staff in a timely manner.

YAC is an ideal place to create long-lasting connections and develop as a writer. We’ll look to marginalized and traditionally underrepresented writers for examples and prompts as well as to expand our notion of the literary canon. Members of YAC build their skills across forms, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid/experimental; by workshopping (giving and receiving feedback) on their pieces; and engaging in craft lessons. They are also expected to meet deadlines, contribute to the group blog, and set writing goals. YAC members may also participate in Lighthouse community-based projects, which can include collaborating with established adult writers, joining the editorial board for the And We  Created Worlds and community anthologies, gaining non-profit management experience, and teaching young writers at the Free Creative Writing Lab through the Young Writers Program. 

Instructor: Jesaka Long

Tuition is $520 per semester; full and partial financial aid is available. (Apply to YAC first, and after you are accepted, you can request financial aid.) YAC members make a year-long commitment to the program, but can pay by semester!

Please take your time with this application. Answer the questions as fully and thoughtfully as possible.

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